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5/9/2018 12:00 AM

Pupils competing in robot coding competitions in tasks about geography and environmental technology and ecology

According to the new curricula (OPS2016) introduced in Finland, children should be taught technology at school through programming, handiwork and robotics.
Children learning about robots.

​Lahti Basic Education Services has launched a Robo-Cup robot club project, the aim of which is to encourage children and young people to explore the opportunities of technology and get experience about robotics and programming. Other, at least equally important, goals have to do with cooperation and team expertise skills, which are practised in the Robo-Cup clubs. Parties involved in the project, in addition to the basic education services of the City of Lahti, are the LUMA Centre of Päijät-Häme, Lahti University Campus, LUT Lappeenranta University of Technology, Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd., Avaintec Oy and Lahti Region Development LADEC Oy.

This year, the project has arranged six robot programming clubs in lower and upper comprehensive schools in the Lahti Region. The aim, after the pilot phase, is that all the schools in Lahti could offer activities related to robot technology and arrange robotics competitions with other schools.

The first robot coding competitions in the project are public and can be watched in Science Class SOLU at the LUMA Centre of Päijät-Häme (Niemenkatu 73, Lahti) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 4 May 2018.

The LUMA Centre of Päijät-Häme supports and promotes the teaching and learning of the natural sciences, mathematics and technology and related pastimes in Päijät-Häme and Kanta-Häme. The LUMA Centre arranges camps, clubs and courses for children, training for teachers and pupil group visits to Science Class SOLU.

Further information

Jussi Laherto
Class teacher, ICT and OPS tutor
City of Lahti
+358 (0)50 5639775
jussi.laherto@edu.lahti.fi

Coordinator of the LUMA Centre of Päijät-Häme
Tarja Kariola
Lahti University Campus, Coordination Unit
+358 (0)50 4485801
tarja.kariola@helsinki.fi
TwitteR: @PHLUMAkeskus